October 21 2014 Latest news:
Harriet Orrell, Reporter
Monday, July 21, 2014
Sculptures of giant fruit were revealed last week as centrepieces for the Orchard Village regeneration project in Rainham.
Acclaimed artist Andrew McKeown was commissioned by Circle Housing Old Ford to create the pieces as part of the £80m transformation of the former Mardyke Estate.
It is located near an old fruit farm which supplied the Tiptree Jam company and these sculptures are a nod to the area’s heritage.
Circle Housing Old Ford project manager, Dawn Mckenzie, said: “Orchard Village is all about growth, change and renewal and Andrew McKeown is the ideal artist to bring our vision to life.”
As one of the largest proivders of affordable housing in the country, Circle Housing will replace 1960s-style tower blocks with modern low-rise buildings providing more space and privacy for residents.
A total of 555 new homes will be built to rehome existing Orchard Village tenants with work due to finish in 2016.